Kelly and Hamilton Compete at the NCAA Central Regional

Updated 5/8/2011
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
Brittany Kelly, a senior member of the Ball State women's golf team, became the first female golfer in Ball State history to compete at the NCAA Central Regional.

Kelly played in the NCAA Central Regional, a 54-hole event, at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

Kelly tied for 63rd in the 126-person field after firing a 79-79-75=233.

Kelly, who has set the Ball State career scoring average record, was one of six individuals chosen for the Central Regional, and one of 18 individuals selected overall.

A 2010 and 2011 All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection, Kelly was also named to the 2010 MAC All-Tournament Team and was a 2009 All-MAC Second-Team selection.

Kelly owns a 76.42 average in her career, which has surpassed the previous school standard of 78.87 by Kirsty O'Connor.  Kelly also set the best single season scoring average with a 75.06 as a junior, while her two-year and three-year averages also are school records. 

She played in all 11 events for the Cardinals this season and led the team with a 75.30 average.  Kelly managed a season low 71 twice in 2010-11, while her 69 at the 2007 MAC Tournament Preview is a career best and ties for the lowest round in Ball State history.  She managed eight top-20 and seven top-10 finishes as a senior, including two second-place showings and a ninth place finish at the MAC Championships.

Last summer, Kelly tied for 12th in the Ladies Professional Golf Association Futures Tour 2011 Qualifying Tournament.  She shot a 71-69-72-78=290 in the tournament and was the fourth best amateur in the field of 308 players representing 38 nations.

Western Michigan's Britney Hamilton closed out her final round of the NCAA Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course with a 5-over par 77 on Saturday, carding a pair of birdies along the way. For the event she fired a 76-79-75=232

"I played 17 good holes today and one really bad one," said Hamilton over the phone during the drive back to Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon.  She was referring to the 404-yard par-4 12th hole where she took a triple bogey.  "I was in a bunker, hit the ball too well and sailed the green into some bad stuff and it took me two shots to get out of the bad stuff.

"I had a lot more fun today and feel that I drove the ball much better.  Yesterday, I put myself in bad situations with my driver and I didn't do that today.  I am happy with how I played today."

Hamilton opened her final collegiate round with a par and followed with a birdie on her second hole.  She would pick up a second birdie on the second par 5 of the front nine (No. 5), en route to an even par 36 going out, and ended up playing the four par-5's at 2-under par on Saturday.

The morning rounds played under perfect conditions, while the afternoon golfers were suspended at 2:58 p.m. due to lightning in the area.  Hamilton was tied for 66th at the time of the suspension.

The Lake Orion, Mich., native ends her career with the single-season (75.3) and career (76.9) scoring average records at Western Michigan.  Her 98 career rounds ranks fourth all-time at WMU and her 30 rounds played in 2010-11 are the most ever by a Bronco golfer, besting Elise Swartout's mark established in 2008-09.